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Ardys Kellerman 80k + miles in six month's

It was reported on another list that Ardys drove her BMW motorcycles 80,129 miles for the six month BMWMOA mileage contest! although I do not know if this is official I'm sure it is correct, during this she was rear ended in S FL, and still got that many miles!

I don't know how many of you have met her, we have, she is a neat Lady real friendly and has a story or three to tell!
She sent Karen a part needed for her aux tank and we had a hard time paying for her lunch to say thank you!
Just a kind woman is all she is!

She retired at age 70 and is 74 years young and did this 80129 miles in 6 month's a Big congrats goes out to her!

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It was reported on another list that Ardys drove her BMW motorcycles 80,129 miles for the six month BMWMOA mileage contest! although I do not know if this is official I'm sure it is correct, during this she was rear ended in S FL, and still got that many miles!

I don't know how many of you have met her, we have, she is a neat Lady real friendly and has a story or three to tell!
She sent Karen a part needed for her aux tank and we had a hard time paying for her lunch to say thank you!
Just a kind woman is all she is!

She retired at age 70 and is 74 years young and did this 80129 miles in 6 month's a Big congrats goes out to her!

Tom
Looks like Heidi (Weldon) Still may finally have a year that she does not win! If so, it certainly is a worthy person to finally beat her. Ardys is a legend.

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That is an awful lot of miles in a half a year! I met Ardys at the start of the Ironbutt in Lisle Illinois (Chicago area) in 1997. She was riding a R1100RT at that time , I think.
I was there as an observer and cheerleader , not as a contestant.
Humble and kind, but with an aura of positive energy and determination is how I would describe her.

Now I'm going to get my calculator and do the monthly, weekly,daily, mileage breakdown. This stuff amazes me.
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Well I'm impressed.

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What bike or bikes was she riding?
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What bike or bikes was she riding?
I think she rides an RT. She wore out one, got a new one a couple years ago.

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That is an awful lot of miles in a half a year! I met Ardys at the start of the Ironbutt in Lisle Illinois (Chicago area) in 1997. She was riding a R1100RT at that time , I think.
I was there as an observer and cheerleader , not as a contestant.
Humble and kind, but with an aura of positive energy and determination is how I would describe her.

Now I'm going to get my calculator and do the monthly, weekly,daily, mileage breakdown. This stuff amazes me.
13,354.883 per month X 6
3081.8846 per week X 26
442.70165 per day X 181
below figures don't count fuel food stops
75mph 5.90 hrs
65mph 6.81 hrs
55mph 8.049 hrs
Very doable, if you have the funds and fore thought to schedule ahead your tires, oil changes, etc. And the service dept. treat you with travelers priority
Not trying to diminish what she has down "Hats Off to Her"
just supporting it with numbers.
Thats running out 2 tanks of fuel on an LT, if you picked a couple days every week and ran 3 you could bank a day a week for emergency set backs. (See service dept) extra fishing time at holes where they are biting whatever.
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That is an awful lot of miles in a half a year! I met Ardys at the start of the Ironbutt in Lisle Illinois (Chicago area) in 1997. She was riding a R1100RT at that time , I think.
I was there as an observer and cheerleader , not as a contestant.
Humble and kind, but with an aura of positive energy and determination is how I would describe her.

Now I'm going to get my calculator and do the monthly, weekly,daily, mileage breakdown. This stuff amazes me.
Heidi Still has won the ladies award for the last 5 or 6 years, the overall once, and usually has around 60,000 miles for the 6 months.

Don Arthur won in 2002 with, if I remember correctly, 117,000 miles! Try that one on for size!

But, neither of these are GREAT GRANDMOTHERS! That, if for no other reason, means ARDYS RULES!

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That is incredible mileage for six months, IMO. I entered the BMWMOA contest last spring, knowing full well I wouldn't come close to "placing" in any category... unless there was a category for "left-handed males in their first year of riding who were not born in the U.S., with last names starting with "S", living in central Ohio", or something like that.

My 22k miles is nothing compared to hers, but I would like to be able to try to rack up that many miles after retirement. The good news? I had a lot of fun riding the last year...

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A true legend. I saw her in Lonestar BMW last Saturday having coffee and cake.

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I think she rides an RT. She wore out one, got a new one a couple years ago.
Yuppir - Lone Star takes good care of her and her rides. I don't remember which number is correct, butt L.S. has documented and un-documented mileage totals of over 600,000 on BMWs (coulda been 400,000, butt CRS won't lemme pick which one for sure) for her. She do love the open road.
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I think Don's 117,000 miles was in a calender year, not six months, but it is still seriously impressive.

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But, neither of these are GREAT GRANDMOTHERS! That, if for no other reason, means !
David,
At the 1997 pre-Ironbutt gathering there was tension in the air which is understandable at the beginning of such an event. However, she appeared disjointed from the chaos and at peace.
I was very impressed by this and that is another reason "ARDYS RULES!"
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I think Don's 117,000 miles was in a calender year, not six months, but it is still seriously impressive.
Yeah, thinking back you are probably right. He did win the BMWMOA contest that year, but don't remember what his mileage was.

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The article linked above said she had 400,000 to 500,000 miles in 2003, so I'd say 600,000 by now is entirely possible. And I think I learned her secret. Get two bikes. Ride one until it needs service, then swap to the other one. Seems simple enough.

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I like those figures you have Uncle Rock but you need to do some for over 1000 a day and I am sure that 75 mph was not her fastest speed. She was involved in an accident in Florida and did not ride for a week. She spent some time in New England and did not ride in the bad weather early on in the six months.
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Smile Congratulations Again to Ardys!!!

This past weekend she reached a little over 100,000 mile in a year!!! Great Jpb!
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On the advrider.com site there is thread about a 70 something grandmother who is going to break the year mileage mark of 125,000 and she is towing a trailer! She rides a GW1800 with 186k on it that is being held togather by duct tape as she just got hit a few days ago. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220214

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From the article in BMW ON . . .

Ardys reports on rides from her home in TX to the Branson Blitz (Missouri), back home to get "clean clothes," out to CA "to help a friend celebrate his birthday," back home, then to MA for a grand-daughter's 21st birthday, back home to "repack," then to Idaho to visit friends . . . this lady loves to ride. She also reports, "I spent many days taking advantage of the new daytime 80 mph speed limit in the western part of Texas, leaving home in darkness and get to the area with the higher speed limit by dawn." In the picture she's sitting on what looks like an R1200 RT. Oh yeah, and don't let's forget that she was the Overall winner of the contest as well, with almost 30,000 more miles than the first place men's finisher. Amazing indeed.

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Yeah, thinking back you are probably right. He did win the BMWMOA contest that year, but don't remember what his mileage was.
Don's win was in '02 and his mileage, for 6 months, was 71,517.

The record for the contest, (6 months), is still held by Phil Mann, something on the order of 113,300, (in 6 months!).

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I think she rides an RT. She wore out one, got a new one a couple years ago.
Ardys started this year on a R1150Rt and finished on an R1100RT after totaling the 1150. For the year she covered 104,000 miles!



She's a sweetie!!!
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